Vibrant Portugal

Trip Summary

The westernmost point of Europe and an idyllic destination in all rights, Vibrant Portugal is a wonder for the senses. Bem-vindo to a land of cobblestone villages, captivating scenery, and culinary delights. Spend the week exploring the lush Douro Valley, home to sprawling vineyards and coastal towns chock full of history and culture.

Explore Portugal’s varied flavours amongst breathtaking backdrops and revel in the knowledge that has been passed down for generations at traditional cooking classes. Simple yet delicious food is what Portugal does best, whether in its colourful markets or Michelin Star restaurants.

Marvel at the magnificent architecture in Sintra and Cascais, soaking in the impressions of Portugal’s illustrious past. Deeply influenced by its history, groups from the Celts to the Romans have left their mark on this storied nation. Wander the steep streets of Lisbon and Porto, stopping to take in the views of these colourful cities at one of their many miradouros.

Revel in the lush landscapes, from expansive vineyards in the world’s oldest demarcated and controlled wine region – the Douro Valley – to the cityscapes of Porto and Lisbon, all the way to the glorious palaces of Sintra. Let yourself get swept up in the country’s charm and character, which we guarantee is one of a kind.

Join Carol as we explore creative Mediterranean cuisine, delight in a private boat ride up the Douro River, indulge in a 2* Michelin dining experience, and get to know some of the country’s best vineyards and most authentic fishing villages. The spirit of Portugal is sure to shine through as you take in the sounds of Fado and help yourself to one more pastel de nata.

Explore Portugal's varied flavours amongst breathtaking backdrops and revel in the knowledge that has been passed down for generations at traditional cooking classes.

Carol from Delectable Destinations offers carefully planned itineraries that include a wonderful mix of culture, history, luxury, and beauty while you indulge your culinary palate with fine food and wine. Reveling in vibrant Portugal means getting to know the rhythms, the produce, and the people that give this Iberian nation its unique heartbeat.

This exclusive culinary and culture tour is curated by Carol, offering you the opportunity to partake in several activities ranging from vineyard tours to hands-on cooking classes, city tours and immersive cultural experiences. We’ll be sampling flavours of the sea while exploring some of Portugal’s 943 kilometres of coastline, along with local favourites such as Alentejo salpicao sausage, Ginjinha de Óbidos (sour cherry brandy), and Azores Sao Jorge cheese.

By the time we bid each other Adeus, you’ll be more than familiar with the Portuguese philosophy of cooking with simplicity and head over heels for this picturesque European nation. Prepare for an adventure that will bring fairytales and your palate to life!

Our goal is to provide personalized attention to each traveler. Our exclusive trips are limited to small groups of passionate travelers.

Delectable Destinations – Delivering your dream trip


I am pleased beyond measure that I trusted Delectable Destinations and Carol Ketelson to guide me on the journey of a lifetime. I had high expectations: they were met and exceeded in comfort, cuisine, local guides and gracious travel from start to finish.

Annette G., Jacksonville, FL

Would we book a trip with Carol again… definitely yes!

Steve & Nancy C., Greenville, SC

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the “Trip of a Lifetime”!
Everything and everyone exceeded my highest expectations. I can’t wait for another!

Barbara C., Goshen, NY


May 26 - June 3, 2024 - Sold Out
October 19 - 27, 2024 - Sold Out
Group size: Maximum of 6 guests per trip



  • Round trip pick up and transfers
  • Arrival Porto Airport (OPO – airport code) – Departure Lisbon Airport (LIS – airport code) 
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Local wines included with all lunches and dinners
  • Private guided excursions with local English-speaking guides
  • Private hands-on Cataplana cooking class
  • Exclusive winery visits in Douro Valley – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dinner -Belcanto – Holder of two Michelin stars
  • All excursions and tours as per itinerary
  • Ground transportation – Private for our group

Not Included:

Airfare, train travel, insurance, incidentals, personal expenses and anything else not indicated as included.

Detailed Itinerary:

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